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Harnett County land and farms are considered gold standard purchases by investors, developers and home buyers. Located in both the Piedmont and Coastal regions, land in Harnett County provides buyers a rural setting with easy access to major urban areas. The fast-growing, 601-square-mile county has a population of 135,976 residents. The county is located in the south-central part of the state and bordered by Chatham, Cumberland, Hoke, Moore, Lee, Wake, Johnston and Sampson counties. Access to regional and national markets includes I-95, I-40, US Highway 421 and US Highway 401. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is less than 45 minutes away, Fayetteville Regional Airport is within 30 minutes and the area is served by two railways. The county is within an hour of Raleigh, Research Triangle Park and Fort Bragg. Manufacturing and agriculture are important segments of the economic base. Farmland covers 106,262 acres, and livestock and poultry are 65% of agricultural sales. Among the top private employers are Carlie C's Operation Center Inc. and Champion Home Builders Inc. Hunting is popular in the area where deer and turkeys are bagged. Fishermen head for the Cape Fear River where largemouth bass, striped bass and crappies are among the species landed. Attractions include Aloha Safari Zoo, Raven Rock State Park and Lanier Falls. Public education for K-12 is provided by Harnett County Schools. Central Carolina Community College and Campbell University offer higher education.